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But the disclosure of the rapidly rising numbers of broken families brought new pressure on the Coalition Government to shore up the institution of marriage.
Tuesday’s Budget contained no mention of the Tory election pledge to give tax breaks to married couples.
Schools will come under intense pressure as the number of four to 11-year-olds increases to its highest level since the 1970s.
They will be forced to accommodate 540,000 extra youngsters at a time of severe public spending cuts, prompting fears that pupils will be taught in classes of more than 40 or in temporary buildings.
‘Research shows children growing up in fatherless homes are much less likely to do well at school and are at twice the risk of getting into problems with drink or drugs, or involved in crime.
The UK welfare system has been partly to blame, by providing a substitute breadwinner rather than encouraging parents to stick together.’The study revealed 23 per cent of British children up to the age of 14 live in single-parent families, behind the US on 26 per cent.
A further 500,000 are in cohabiting step-families, and 400,000 in married step-families.
The fig-include youngsters up to the age of 16 plus 16 to 18-year-olds in full-time education.
Just 5 per cent of families in the seat, represented by the Tory Andrea Leadsom, are headed by a lone parent.The equivalent of more than 2,000 extra primary schools will be needed to accommodate the extra pupils. The primary population in the capital is expected to grow by 16 per cent to 748,000 by 2014.More than two million of these children never stay with their missing parent overnight, the analysis said.The figures were released alongside other statistics showing that the population is continuing to grow at record rates, that single people and cohabiting couples will significantly outnumber married people in 20 years, and that older mothers are increasingly likely to have babies outside marriage.Ministers responded to the news of unchecked population growth – set to bring numbers in the country to 70million inside two decades – with fresh promises to cut immigration back to the levels of the 1990s.